Bernard Kouchner Paris, France

  • Renowned French humanitarian activist and diplomat
  • French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs (2007-10)
  • Co-founder, Médécins Sans Frontières (1971)

Video

Innovating finance for development (2010)
Innovating finance for development (2010)
Economic development is the best way to combat terrorism (2011)
Economic development is the best way to combat terrorism (2011)

Biography

Dr. Bernard Kouchner was French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs from 2007 to 2010.

A politician with over 18 years’ ministerial and diplomatic experience in various French governments and international governmental organisations, Bernard is also a renowned humanitarian activist.

He is known for his passionate declarations on human rights and the need to intervene to protect them. A doctor by training, he co-founded the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Médécins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in 1971 to put his beliefs into action, after working as a young doctor for the Red Cross in Biafra in 1968 during Nigeria’s civil war.

In 1992, Bernard Kouchner was appointed Health Minister under the socialist President Francois Mitterrand. He also served as UN Special Representative to Kosovo from 1999 to 2001.

He has written several books in which he details his beliefs on human rights and international politics. He is co-founder of magazines L’Evenement and Actuel and has won many human rights awards.

Read More

Check Speaker Availability

Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch within 24 hours

    View our related Speakers

    Gérard Araud Speaker
    Exclusive
    Gérard Araud
    Former Ambassador of France to the United States (2014-2019)
    Sir Mark Rowley QPM Speaker
    Exclusive
    Sir Mark Rowley QPM
    Former Head of UK Counter Terrorism Policing
    Toomas Hendrik Ilves Speaker
    Exclusive
    Toomas Hendrik Ilves
    Former President of Estonia
    Lara Setrakian Speaker
    Exclusive
    Lara Setrakian
    Journalist and Trust Expert
    Jonathan Hill Speaker
    Exclusive
    Jonathan Hill
    Expert on the EU's financial services industry
    Matthew Goodwin Speaker
    Exclusive
    Matthew Goodwin
    Leading authority on UK and European politics
    Suzanne Williams QPM Speaker
    Exclusive
    Suzanne Williams QPM
    International Hostage Negotiator
    Jim O’Neill Speaker
    Exclusive
    Jim O’Neill
    Economist and Policy Maker
    Edward Lucas Speaker
    Exclusive
    Edward Lucas
    Independent Expert in European and Transatlantic security
    Dr. A. Wess Mitchell Speaker
    Exclusive
    Dr. A. Wess Mitchell
    American Foreign Policy Expert, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs

    We use cookies

    We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our website, to show you personalized content and targeted ads, to analyze our website traffic, and to understand where our visitors are coming from. By browsing our website, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.

    Accept Cookies